Dreams report: We've received enough games for review
now that I've had to start a list
of games we're looking at, who's signed up to review them,
and what the status of the review is. We've also got some new
profiles as well as the first couple of tester
profiles. Plus, toK
has written reviews for two Looney Labs products: 53
Spades and Proton.
Third Printing report: As usual, there's another delay. We
were supposed to have received decks yesterday, but instead we're
told it'll still be a couple of days. Boxes are now printed and
loaded with cards, but they're still being shrink-wrapped and
packed into display boxes. Thank you again to those of you with
languishing orders, for being patient... with luck, by next week
those orders will all be shipped out.
If you read this site regularly, you've probably noticed a
few minor changes to this page. I re-organized the left column
a bit, redrawing all the icons in the process, and introducing
several place holders for new features we're planning. These
include an FAQ file for wunderland.com, and a page for that "future"
button to point to: The Time Travel Sweepstakes. Watch for these
in coming weeks, and if you've got any questions you think should
be answered in the FAQ, now's the time to send 'em in.
Also, the column now includes a sponsorship zone, which of
course displays icons for our other two websites, Looney
Labs and Contagious
Dreams. But we're also entertaining the notion of carrying
one or two paid sponsorship buttons each week... anybody got
an opinion? We have no idea of how much to charge for such an
ad, but if you're interested in becoming a sponsor, make us an
offer and we'll talk.
This week finds
us with a new resident here at Wunderland.Earth: A bird. To be
more precise, it's a Quaker Parakeet named Green Bean. The bird
belongs to Alison, who
recently moved back to the area after finishing up grad school.
Alison doesn't really have a fixed address at this time, and
is staying with friends while trying to figure out what to do
with her life. Now, while Alison is a charming houseguest that
anyone would be happy to entertain, Green Bean is somewhat less
easy to live with. He squawks loudly and frequently, and Jen
and Michael, who aren't used to having noisy pets around, have
grown weary of the bird.
Now, as I said, Alison currently has no permanent address,
and consequently, she's been hanging out at our house quite a
bit these last few weeks. So, she asked if we'd be willing to
harbor a fugitive bird for a while, and we said yes. So now there's
this birdcage in the bay window of our kitchen.
I've never spent much time with a bird before, and I'm finding
it fascinating. Birds are very different beasts from cats, which
are the only creatures I'm accustomed to living with (besides
Kristin). But we've
been getting along quite well so far.
This bird is one of those birds who can be trained to say
various things, and Green Bean has quite a range of expressions,
including "Hi!", "How ya doin?", "Boogity-boogity",
and "Wanna dance?" When Green Bean does a trick properly,
Alison rewards him with a Cheerio. The bird then very meticulously
carries the dry little donut over to his water bowl and dunks
it in, carving the unit of cereal into 4 or 5 tiny bird-sized
bites for consumption. This alone is endlessly entertaining.
(At least that's what I think right now... we'll see how fascinating
I find it after the bird's been here a few months....)
The cats, I'm happy to say, find Green Bean only mildly interesting
and not at all threatening. We had worried we'd have a Tweety
and Slyvester situation on our hands (times 4), but overall the
cats seem pretty unimpressed by this new resident. But then again,
who can figure out cats?